Wedding Toasts and Speeches

Hopefully the following will be able to alleviate some of your stress by giving you a few pointers.

Remember to smile – this always makes you appear less nervous than you really are.

Know your speech off by heart. Then while you’re waiting for your turn, say the first line of your speech over in your head. This way when your turn comes you will be able to stand up and recite the first line without any problem and then should just flow on from there. A touch of humour to your speech preferably within the first paragraph laughing is also good for nerves.

Try making your speech as personal as possible, speak about experiences you have shared with the couple or stories you have heard before. Make sure you don’t leave anybody out of your speech. Above all, remind everybody that they have been invited to a celebration and the prerequisite is to have a good time.


Short little one-liners also come in handy at the beginning of the toast to liven things up and get everyone’s attention. Maybe you’ll find one here you can use

– To a happy marriage the only sport in which the trapped animal has to buy the license
– A marriage involves the giving and receiving of rings one for the bride’s ring finger and one for the groom’s nose
– The average husband is worth about twice what his wife thinks of him and half what this mother thinks of him
– Any married man can have his own way as long as he agrees with his wife
– Marriage is an attempt to turn a night owl into a homing pigeon
– The honeymoon is the vacation a man takes before beginning work under a new boss
– Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
– A husband is an animal who, if treated fairly, yet firmly, can be trained to do almost anything

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